Shoosmiths has advised coffee chain Bob & Berts on £2m funding from the BGF to venture into the Scottish market.

Founded in Northern Ireland, Bob & Berts is a family business that has grown to encompass 16 outlets in the country with a further 30 stores planned to open over the next four years, 20 of which will be in Scotland. Its relaxed style and focus on fresh food has proved a winning combination with a wide and growing customer base.

The investment from the BGF will fund the planned opening of the 20 Scottish stores which will bring around 400 jobs to the region. The first stores are expected to open in the next few months, predominantly across the Central Belt of Scotland, focusing on market towns with strong local communities.